85
      Tuesday
      91 / 70
      Wednesday
      91 / 70
      Thursday
      90 / 71

      The Climb is All There Is... (Duerrisms for September 5th)

      We did our best on Friday to melt our faces off... and survive the cardiac arrest of going to air with a half dozen games still in the third quarter during our SPORTS FINAL broadcast. All in all, though, any landing you can walk away from... Mother Nature's better efforts to scorch the affair aside, I thought it was an awfully interesting, revealing, and fun first week of Football Festivities. So let's do it again (a little better, a little cooler) on Friday, shall we.

      This is DUERRISMS for the week of September 5th, brought to you as always by the fine folks at GAMEMASTERS; your official outfitters for any sporting or recreational need imaginable. Be sure to stop in and thank Don and the crew for all their support of local athletes and if you enjoy it, their sponsorship of this column.

      New business this week: The Burruss Hybrids SEEDS OF GREATNESS feature launches on OVERTIME this Saturday. This is our new project designed to give you a sneak peek at the future stars of Tri State Sports. With as much time and energy as we devote to the high school and college set, we are looking to use this vehicle to highlight the 14 and under set here in all manner of sports. If you know of a deserving athlete, you can nominate them to be featured by contacting me at cduerr@khqa.com. And be sure to tune into OVERTIME every Saturday at 10:30pm to meet the stars of tomorrow...today.

      KHQA STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK nomination forms will be going out to your resident High School Athletic Directors and Principals in the next week or two as we set to launch our ninth year of putting the spotlight on the best and brightest Scholar/Athletes in Tri State Sports. Again, the minimum bar for inclusion is a 3.5 GPA and participation in one Sport or State Activities Board Recognized Activity. And because of the Scholarship component of the award, we can only recognize High School Seniors who graduate in May/June before our annual Awards Banquet. This is a highly competitive process and we are usually inundated with incredible candidates. In that spirit, I suggest that you get your nominee of choice into the voting pool as early as possible to get him/her as many different long looks in the process as possible. Come winter time, we may have close to a 100 different kids to consider for just 30 spots. Truth be told, it's a nice problem to have and speaks well of the future of our communities. And as always, thanks for the help in giving these young people the appreciation they richly deserve.

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      FOOTBALL 2013

      Roll Call of Stars

      7) CALEB KIZER, RB, Palmyra

      12 Carries, 158 Yards, 2 TD vs Macon

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      6) KYLE POPKES, QB, Paris

      17 of 33 Passing, 202 Yards, 4 TD vs Schuyler County

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      5) ALGER SALDANA, WB, Central

      8 Carries, 126 Yards Rushing, 2 TD; Pass Receiving TD vs North Greene

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      4) LOGAN ARMONTROUT, QB, Centralia

      6 of 7 Passing, 142 Yards, 2 TD; 2 Rushing TD vs Highland

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      3) DEREK LOREY, PK, South Shelby

      Game Winning 27 yard FG with no time on the clock vs Louisiana

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      2) AUSTIN BOEHS, RB, West Central

      14 Carries, 202 Yards Rushing, 3 TD vs Unity/Payson

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      1) MALIQUE ROBBINS, FB, Quincy High

      14 Carries, 129 Yards Rushing, 2 TD; Pass Receiving TD; 77 Yard Kickoff Return for TD vs East Moline

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      KHQA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

      (as voted by you our readers)

      BRADY CRANE, Rushville/Industry

      It's not often a kid makes such a huge imprint on a football game with just eight carries but Rushville/Industry's emergent speedster clearly made the most of his touches, scoring three touchdowns at North Fulton's expense and pushing his Rockets to a must have Week One victory with a team high 144 yards. Truth be told, if Brady's "big night" had happened in the absence of a TV camera, it probably would not have played this high on the "Order of Football Merit." But once the Tri State's got a look at Brady channeling his inner Marcus Allen and reversing the field on a Wildcat squad that appeared to have him hemmed in for a loss; well the crusade to recognize Mister Crane gathered significant steam quickly. And in all honesty, it should have. That was a remarkable run by kid with clearly remarkable speed. He ran 70 some odd yards to gain 41 and the fact that he was able to spin away from three tacklers makes the thing even more impressive...right before he hit the "octane switch" in his game. To be honest with you, prior to this week, if you had mentioned Brady Crane to me all the name would have conjured up was "you mean the really good hurdler" in my mind. The kid certainly will be viewed in a very different light now. More importantly, so too will his team. It's more than reasonable to expect the Rockets can also get struggling BPCA this week as well, which puts Mike Bickerman's rehab of this program on a much more aggressive and opportunistic trajectory. Think of it this way: seven weeks to win three games. That is a very manageable equation for this recently sluggish program to return to the IHSA postseason. It gives this team both tangible momentum and the confidence to realize that they are really just three good games from completely turning this thing around. And should R/I post a winning record this season, I argue that this turnaround is a bulletproof no-brainer in top five football storylines for the 2013 season, regardless of what happens anywhere else. There is still, obviously, a lot of work to be done on that front but Friday, thanks to Brady Crane and company, was a huge leap in the right direction.

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      SEVEN QUICK THOUGHTS TO PONDER HEADED INTO WEEK TWO

      1) Write off Triopia at your own peril. Might have preferred a vacation in Damascus this week to life spent in Camp Thompson/Phelps. ??

      2) You appear to have picked the wrong year to invite PND and Peoria High onto your football schedule, Bill Sanders. Just saying...??

      3) Schedule sets up to allow potentially simultaneous victory parties this in Shelbyville and Sciota. Not sure that has happened since Kent O'Laughin and Tim Lafferty were coaching those respective schools in the mid 90's. ??

      4) On Defensive prowess alone, Pleasant Hill/Western is going to be a labor to put away every single week, for every team on their slate. ??

      5) World....meet Joe Lewis. The Macon Junior dropped 175 on Palmyra's Defense. So it appears that Pete Claas has found his next great back.

      6) Kicking myself for not buying low on Malik McPike/Austin Boehs Player of the Year futures market. ??

      7) 30 Carries? Some remind Todd McGhghy that Cruz Fedler is a QB not a Fullback...oh wait, Hounds won? Never mind.

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      KHQA Football Power Poll for September 6th

      1) CENTRAL (1-0)

      Last Week: 47-13 win at North Greene

      Up Next: vs Calhoun

      THE SKINNY: The definition of a good omen? How about scoring a Defensive Touchdown one play and 13 seconds into your season. Jared Starman's 21 yard fumble recovery dismissed any worries of "trap game" game potential pretty quickly and justified all that early season talk here about the quality of the Panthers Linebacker Group. That clearly was the headliner but all in all it proved to be a supremely solid first outing for the Central First Team Defense, which did not allow a touchdown in an incredibly clean first half. And true to form, the Panthers "motor" guys led the charge. Muddy Waters posted a team high eight tackles on the night. Michael Johnson had seven stops. Starman and rising playmaker Andrew Shake had six apiece. Excellent balance there. And I like the fact that Central is showing a higher level of "activity" during the tackling process in forcing three fumbles. These guys just conduct their business at a different level than most small school defenses. The Panther Offense was a bit more up and down, which is probably to be expected on opening night, with three new starters in the backfield, and in a game played in stifling conditions. The positives for the Panthers? Much touted newcomers Alger Saldana and Austin Kramberg lived up to the hype and the Panther Offensive Line (see also Houston, Michael) was as dominant as advertised in kicking out 389 ground yards. But Brad Dixon will also have plenty of teaching points to impart after his team had seven fumbles on Friday (and to be honest, I have heard from more than one Panther Insider that ball security is a soft spot early on) and committed nine penalties. The nice part about Central's schedule is that it is essentially back-loaded and the Panthers should get a couple of games in this run to fine tune away those results before Brown County, Triopia et al surface on radar. The home opener should be interesting this week. Central will be a heavy favorite, and rightly so. By the same token, and even though Calhoun struggled to beat Routt last week, Aaron Elmore coached teams have an historic precedent for improving rapidly. Brad Dixon's crew would be well advised not looking too far ahead nor putting the football on the ground with the same frequency it did a week ago.

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      2) JACKSONVILLE (1-0)

      Last Week: 56-6 win at Lincoln

      Up Next: vs Chatham Glenwood

      THE SKINNY: An emotional week for Crimson Nation in the wake of ex-player Sydell Nelson's death at age 21. Heaven knows that if any two communities deserve a reprieve from tragedy and grief, given what they have gone through over the last eighteen months, it's Jacksonville and Triopia. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. In that spirit, it is heartening to see just how well the Jacksonville community rallies from such things. And football on Friday provided an important diversion from real life. Credit those Crimson kids with the week's most lopsided and impressive victory. Seven touchdowns on the night scored by six different players; plus a safety courtesy of Tyler DeFrates. To be honest, the Crimsons dispatched with the Railers so quickly, there really wasn't time for any single player to amass much earth-shattering in the way of stats. It was kind of like one of those Carthage box scores, circa 1999. Blake Schnitker had a nice, short night distributing the football with three TD strikes among his six total completions. Mark Grounds didn't have a single running back with more than five carries on the night. It was just a ruthlessly efficient night. Defensively, Junior Kurtis Erickson may have been the de facto star of the night with a pair of Quarterback Sacks and three total tackles for loss. Devante Clark wasted little time snaring his first interception of what should be glittering Senior campaign. And beyond that, it was just dominance by committee. Which brings us of course to what may be the exact Crossroads game of Jacksonville's entire season: Glenwood. The team they historically can't seem to beat. That Week Two pinprick to the Crimsons balloon of expectations every single Fall. And there really just isn't much more to say on the subject. Until Jacksonville figures out how to throw this gorilla off their backs, they will remain a second echelon CS8 Team. One paper, this year's Crimson team is more talented than this year's Glenwood squad. I made that same argument last season and it didn't change things. This year JAX gets to host Glenwood. Perhaps that will be the magic, missing elixir in this formula. I really don't know. What I do know is that if this Crimson team walks out of K-R Field Friday Night with that rarest of victory, the residual confidence "carry-over" effect and sense of post-game elation will be like nothing else anywhere in the state. And if it doesn't happen, I know Mark Grounds and company will soldier on and try to regroup as they always have. But that process will feel more like a missed opportunity than ever before and this is a weird, galling psychological scar to carry through the rest of the season.

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      3) ILLINI WEST (1-0)

      Last Week: 38-12 win over PGP

      Up Next: vs Villa Grove Saturday

      THE SKINNY: It wasn't always elegant but the Chargers ground their way through some tense early moments to post a quality win over a quality opponent. The Golden Rule historically with any Carthage/LaHarpe Northwestern/Illini West team is that you can not ever afford to give them momentum. The Saukees seized it early with an opening drive touchdown and a Wayde Smith interception in the end zone that snuffed out the Chargers first drive. One play later, Braxton Squier recovered a fumbled PGP C-Q snap exchange to give IW a short field and you could literally feel the tide turn. Brayden Caroll hit PGP with a six yard touchdown run moments later and followed that up with a 49 yard punt return on the ensuing possession to give the Chargers a 16-6 cushion; one augmented by a Braden Bennett QB keeper to extend the margin to 18 points. The Saukees really were never able to get back into the ball game from that point forward. A couple of interesting takes from this game. I was in Pittsfield during camp and very specifically listened to the Saukee Defensive Staff coach up the concept of Fullback negation. And to the Saukee's credit, it worked. Leighton Johnson was largely held in check in the first half. What I find interesting about this is what a quick job the Charger Coaching staff, in particular Joey Dion, did in taking what the Defense gave him. I think a lot of that speaks to the faith these guys have in Braden Bennett to be an effective weapon on the QB Keeper. Bennett finished with a nine yards per run average on eight carries, which if replicated weekly, is the perfect counterbalance to all those wingbacks and Johnson inside. It is a dynamic I am not sure the Chargers have stressed enough in recent years but it was clearly a point of emphasis on Friday. There is also a real "back to basics" feel to the Charger Offense this season in that the bulk of the play calling was focused on IW's six-to-eight bread and butter running plays; just a tighter, old school feel to the way the Chargers ran at people. And when IW's Physical Offensive Line loosened up a very big and imposing PGP Defense late, Leighton Johnson strutted his stuff with a 62 yard touchdown run and 123 total yards. Defensively, no real surprise but the activity level for the Chargers was pretty good with strong showings from Braxton Squier and Nolan Ard as well as a couple of guys who kind of emerged from the pack this week in Austin Curfman and very active Defensive Lineman Collin Swanson. Like an ace pitcher working without his A stuff on Friday, the Chargers did their thing, gritted out of a few jams, and ground their way through persistence to a "quality start" if you will. Can't ask for much more than that.

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      4) PALMYRA (1-0)

      Last Week: 36-25 win over Macon

      Up Next: vs Centralia (KHQA GAME OF THE WEEK)

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      THE SKINNY: Warned you all last week that Macon was flying under radar and the Tigers gave Palmyra a really good go of it on Opening Night, jumping out to an early 9-0 lead behind surprisingly good tailback Joe Lewis (a name to watch going forward.) Credit that Panthers for raising their level of play on the road to successfully meet the challenge. Sadly, the heat related start and the general craziness on Friday severely limited the window I got to monitor P-Town (essentially, listening to KRES in the background with a million other things going on) so I don't have a great many insights for you here. The fact that Palmyra put three different kids over the century mark is pretty impressive, headlined by Caleb Kizer's 158 yards, 2 TD performance. Josh Hultz (134 yards, 2 TD) and Brock Butler (127 yards, TD) were also dangerous running the football which I think says an awful lot about the quality of Offensive Line play this week; a performance up front made more impressive by the fact that Macon isn't lacking for physicality on Defense. That is a nice dry-run for the Panther Bodyguards headed into Friday's mega-bout with Centralia. Defensively, Kevin Miles got big nights from Case Doyle and Caleb Kizer, as well as nifty showing from Cole Kizer, who had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage at the expense of the Macon Tigers. Palmyra's Secondary was very active against the Run on Friday. The challenge will be uniquely different this weekend in trying to put the clamps on Centralia's incredible array of big, physical wide receivers who can beat you all over the field. To be honest, I love this matchup on Friday. Have had it circled as one of my top three games of the year since the schedule came out. And I haven't an earthly clue how it will play out....

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      5) CENTRALIA (1-0)

      Last Week: 55-0 win over Highland

      Up Next: at Palmyra (KHQA GAME OF THE WEEK)

      THE SKINNY: Logan Armontrout's debut in place of Zach Etzler could not have gone more swimmingly. Now, I guess the question becomes who do we see playing Quarterback Friday in P-Town with a potential Clarence Cannon Conference crown at stake. Either way, Panther Offense is plenty dangerous. Armontrout's first series ended with a 30 yard touchdown strike to Chandler Kovar that kicked off a 55 point unanswered run from the Panther Offense. But the junior quarterback wasn't the only "new" weapon Erle Bennett was able to showcase. With the Cougar Defense essentially laying for Senior Running Back Cullen Ralphs, Ethan Leighton came from off radar to lead Centralia in rushing with 71 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. I am told Leighton ran cross country last year and opted to come back out for football this season. Just what Centralia opponents wanted to contend with: another fast skill position guy. Not sure there is a team in Tri State football with more or better weapons right now than the arsenal Centralia has amassed. The Leighton kid also had a team high eight tackles on Defense as well. Pretty head stuff. As far as the question marks about Centralia's rebuilt Offensive and Defensive Lines, I don't know that we learned a whole lot on Friday night as Highland seemed to be punch-drunk and over-matched almost from the opening drive on. Palmyra will present a different level test up front, especially when you consider how well the Panthers seem to match up on the inside and at linebacker with Centralia. P-Town doesn't not have Centralia's overall team speed but the Panthers would seem to have more proven Defensive Finishers and more experienced physicality in the mix than Centralia at this point. Again, I think this game comes down to finishing instinct. Centralia's is well demonstrated over the last few years. Undisputed talent aside, Palmyra has the burden of proving it can win a true red-letter game. If you have a free Friday night on the calendar, can't urge you strongly enough to make the trip to Palmyra and see how this high drama contest plays out.

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      6) BROWN COUNTY (1-0)

      Last Week: 8-6 win over Greenfield/Northwestern

      Up Next: at West Central

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      THE SKINNY: It won't win many points for artistic merit, but Brown County's gritty victory over Greenfield/Northwestern was as meaningful as any posted in Week One. Granted, the only man in Mount Sterling who probably really enjoyed watching game tape of this thing was BC Defensive Coordinator Eric Grady as his group of kids posted a spectacular effort on the night. Still consider this proof positive that this group of Hornets can win a red letter game, in adverse circumstances, and do so against a legitimate "power" opponent. And make no mistake, the Tigers are a very good foe and another team to be reckoned with in what suddenly looks like a much improved, far sexier WIVC South race. More than anything, that is what I like about this win. It's easy to dwell on the Hornet miscues, the 11 penalties and the blocking breakdowns against a packed Defensive Box. Those things are correctable. What strikes me here is that G/N made this really difficult, attempting a game tying two-point conversion (failed) and an ensuing On-Side kick (again, no good) that could have spelled disaster on opening night. The Hornets won the two plays that mattered most and that is a big leap forward here. Now, the lessen going forward here is that BC is going to have to diversify its offense some more to prevent teams from packing it in against them. BC was limited to 162 yards of total offense on Friday and the Hornets only scoring drive was essentially a by-product of a long Braxton Phelps punt return. There are good options here in the backfield and transfer Wyatt Jones showed signs of being that sledgehammer Fullback this team desperately needs for hard yards. The challenge going forward is lifting the top of the defense and finding a way to buy that running game more room. And I suspect the Hornets need to do that in a hurry. I got to watch West Central first hand on Friday and have become enamored of that talent at play there. There is some decent size and no lack of speed at the back end of the Cougar Defense, which portends another tough day of trying to run the football. And with this game taking place at Winchester, there is plenty of upset potential at play here. This should be another very revealing week about the future development of BC Football. Can that BC Defense ratchet up the excellence of a week ago and keep a dynamic back like Austin Boehs hemmed in for four quarters. And can the Hornet Offense pony up a better effort than it did a week ago against what may be a more athletic Defense. Week Two was a crossroads, in a negative way, last season for Brown County. Anxious to see if the Hornets can use it to the opposite effect this season.

      7) CLARK COUNTY (1-0)

      Last Week: 42-25 win vs Monroe City

      Up Next:at Louisiana

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      THE SKINNY: Evidence continues to mount for Jayvin Ray as Northeast Missouri's seminal breakout star and Clark County's equivalent of Scott Kroeger 2.0. Like the former Clopton/Elsberry All Stater, Ray is a quarterback who runs with a tailback's initial burst and a fullback's ability to garner hard yards and exact a toll on tacklers. He is just an incredibly impressive weapon and a guy who just seems to fit Scott Murdock's needs to a tee; especially he throws such a pretty football on top of all the other goodness he brings. Ray had three rushing touchdowns at Monroe City's expense on Friday and when paired with Jacob Trump (arguably the toughest back in the region right now) gives the Indians two of the biggest haymaker punches in local football. Pick your poison on who to try and stop here. Though not as celebrated, Friday's win also marked a real breakout performance for the Indian Offensive Line, which has come a long ways since its much talked about "off" showing at Central Methodist. The pieces are starting to really meld well on Offense in Kahoka and that explains why this team is ascending this power poll so quickly. Defensively? I dunno. Was giving up 25 points and 300 yards of Offense to Monroe City a failing of the Indian Defense or a sign (as we surmised a lot this preseason) that Monroe City's Offense will be greatly enriched. I haven't seen enough of either yet, against live competition, to rightly know. Maybe we get a better read against Louisiana this Friday, a team that played South Shelby incredibly tough on the road last week and is rising in local esteem in the wake of that effort. However that plays out, Clark County appears to be that rarest of teams whose Offense is ahead of its Defense at this point of the season. And with this kind of firepower at his command, Scott Murdock isn't above taking the arena league/video game scoring approach to beating opponents until his Defense seasons up.

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      THE NEXT LEVEL

      8) QUINCY NOTRE DAME (1-0)

      When you hold a team like Hannibal to one score and 189 total yards, that's doing something special. Again, shortened clock with the 8pm start didn't give any of us in the TV media much time to analyze or enjoy, but all the credit in the world to Bill Connell and his crew for scaring up a victory in exceptionally difficult climes. Again, it wasn't a particularly elegant Offensive Showing but it was enough to be propped up by a Defense that I will admit is far better than I originally projected it to be. Keep an eye on Brady Genenbacher as a potential Illinois Defensive MVP candidate at Linebacker.

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      9) QUINCY HIGH (1-0)

      To be honest...I felt some vindication in Malique Robbins monster night at East Moline after catching some flak for installing the Blue Devil Senior Fullback as our Preseason Player of the Year. Four touchdowns (two runs, a catch and a 77 yard Kickoff Return) is a impressive resume booster. And the Blue Devils Defense, at least through one game, has proven as thorny as advertised.

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      10) SOUTH SHELBY (1-0)

      Derek Lorey says "Your Welcome" Shelbina. Sophomore Kicker delivered THE Clutch moment of Week One with a Game Winning FG as time expired to get the Cardinals past a pesky Louisiana squad. Easy to forget that Brett Threkeld and Austin Durbin made that Heroes Moment possible with a Touchdown Strike with 2:29 left to tie the score. So let's ask the question on everybody is asking? Is Louisiana that much better than expected? Did we all overrate the Cardinals? Or was it just a case of opening night jitters. Again, its not where you start but where you finish and Rob Wilt teams traditional make their biggest strides four-to-six weeks in so don't get too overwrought here over a Week One result. Take the win and trust in future improvement.

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      11) BEARDSTOWN (1-0)

      Gus Vermillion shows "gun slinger" DNA in leading the Tiger rally to a 28-21 win at Lewistown, completing a 27 yard game clincher to Dante McWilliams with 38 ticks left. Kind of appropriate that Tyler Buhlig, a former stellar Quarterback in his own right, should win his first game in such a manner, no?

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      12) HANNIBAL (0-1)

      As a Pirate insider pointed out to me this weekend, when have the Pirates ever really enjoyed a good Week One? By week four every year, Mark St Clair coached teams look completely different than they do in their debuts. Give QND credit for being the better team Night One. Give Mark St Clair a couple more weeks to coach away the mistakes and get his three missing starters back and the Pirates will be just fine.

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      13) WEST CENTRAL (1-0)

      Too soon to jump on the Austin Boehs POY Bandwagon? Kid was dynamite against Unity-Payson on Friday with 202 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries. His speed in concert with Drew Barnett's power makes the Cougars one of the most dangerous backfield's in Tri State Football. And the WC Defense, led by a now healthy Tyler Strohecker, is no slouch either. I know all the focus in the South was on Pleasant Hill/Western's stunner but I am not sure the Cougars might not be the team with better long range prospects.

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      14) PLEASANT HILL/WESTERN (1-0)

      Yep...that just happened. The Wolves, 28 players strong, marched into Don Kemp Field and beat a state ranked Triopia club 12-8 in a game that included a one yard Seth Moyers touchdown for the win with 1:21 left on the clock. We talked a bunch this off-season about the size and power potential that Mike Giles had at his command this season. I did not honestly expect it to deliver this early. Holding a Triopia team, especially one that is constructed for power running, to just 121 rushing yards might be the most impressive stat we see all season.

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      For Your Consideration

      15) FORT MADISON (1-0)

      16) BOWLING GREEN (1-0)

      17) PARIS (1-0)

      18) TRIOPIA (0-1)

      19) PGP (0-1)

      20) MACOMB (0-1)

      21) MACON (0-1)

      22) RUSHVILLE/INDUSTRY (1-0)

      23) KNOX COUNTY (0-1)

      24) CLOPTON-ELSBERRY (0-1)

      25) KEOKUK (0-1)

      26) MONROE CITY (0-1)

      27) ROUTT (0-1)

      28) UNITY/PAYSON (0-1)

      29) WEST HANCOCK (0-0)

      30) NORTH SHELBY (0-1)

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      FEARLESS DUERR PREDICTIONS

      Week One: 17 of 20 (85%)

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      PND 18

      QUINCY HIGH 13

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      MARQUETTE 6

      QND 35

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      VILLA GROVE 24

      ILLINI WEST 42

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      ELGIN ST EDWARD 35

      WEST HANCOCK 14

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      MACOMB 14

      PGP 27

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      GLENWOOD 28

      JACKSONVILLE 35

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      ISD 8

      P HILL/WESTERN 42

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      TRIOPIA 13

      CARROLLTON 18

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      BROWN COUNTY 14

      WEST CENTRAL 12

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      BPCA 6

      R/I 42

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      SOUTH FULTON 8

      BEARDSTOWN 48

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      PRINCEVILLE 12

      WEST PRAIRIE 18

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      MEDIAPOLIS 28

      KEOKUK 6

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      CHARITON 30

      FORT MADISON 35

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      CENTRALIA 35

      PALMYRA 24

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      BROOKFIELD 40

      HIGHLAND 14

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      CLARK COUNTY 44

      LOUISIANA 25

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      SOUTH SHELBY 14

      MACON 21

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      MONROE CITY 24

      TWAIN 20

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      HANNIBAL 35

      BATTLE 7

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      SCOTLAND COUNTY 10

      KNOX COUNTY 40

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      FAYETTE 21

      NORTH SHELBY 28

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      WINFIELD 13

      BOWLING GREEN 48

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      RANDOM MUSINGS

      Culver Stockton Men's Basketball unveiled its list of new additions this week; a ten man crew that includes five transfers and five Freshmen. Jack Schrader appears to have found some size to add to his coffers in the person of a 6'10" import from the Netherlands in Jasper Wieling and a 6'8" interior presence from Rio Grande University named Karl Moore. The rest of the transfer list is comprised of reputedly very gifted guards in Jalen Jarrett (Texas Permian Basin), Johnnie Mills (St Clair CC), and Jonathan Miller (Eastern Illinois.) The Frosh newcomers include locals Brandon Davie of Highland and Matthew Kennedy of Griggsville-Perry as well as guards Kielan Jones (Webster Groves HS) and Jaylen Porter(Scott County Central HS) who is a cousin to current Washington Wizard Rookie Otto Porter. The Wildcats also land Evan Leake, a 6-foot-5 forward from Hinsdale South.

      Quincy High alum and current Culver Stockton Libero Abbie Foster was named to the All Tournament Volleyball Team at the Illinois College Invitational this past week. The Wildcats went a perfect 4-0 at the Bruner Center.

      BPCA alum and current Monmouth stud Tailback Trey Yocum has been named a Division III Preseason All-American by the Collegiate Development Football League, which puts him in line for a roster spot in that organization's annual D3Senior Classic. Yocum is already Monmouth's all-time touchdown leader and enters his final season needing 660 yards to become the Scots' all-time leading rusher. With two 1,000-yard seasons already under his belt, he could join Hall of Famer Ron Baker as the only two Scots backs with three 1,000-yard seasons.

      Speaking of local alums at Monmouth, Brown County's Ace Henricks has been placed on the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List as one of the outstanding place kickers in College Football. Monmouth opens this week at home against Coe College.

      After beginning his career at Illinois State, former Quincy High kicker Brandon White is now at Lindenwood University in St Charles. He is behind incumbent Senior Kicker James Neal and is currently Sophomore eligible for this season.

      Hannibal High's Teresa Sheffer has wasted little time making an impact in her soccer career at Central Methodist. The true Freshman has on start, a goal and an assist to her credit in her first two games.

      Macomb Golf Sensation Hailea Hadsall tied her own school record for nine hole score by firing another 35 (-1) on Wedneday at Quincy High's expense.

      Congratulations to Knox County Pitcher Lauren Dale, who fashioned her first career No Hitter in a win Tuesday over Brashear. Dale struck out 13 batters in route to that achievement.

      Hard not to be impressed with the softball resurgence that appears to be under way in Canton. The Lady Tigers took third place at the Monroe City Tournament this past weekend and are as quick and aggressive on the bases as any team I've seen. Keep an eye out on spark plug Emma McKinstry, who is just the kind of disruptive "top of the line-up" spark plug that can really set the tone for a batting order when she gets on base and affords teammates easy RBI opportunities.

      Southeastern and perhaps Central may be the de facto favorites at the Suns Classic this week but don't sleep on Liberty. Talked to a veteran area coach this week who scouted the Lady Eagles in Augusta and has nothing but positive things to say about Liberty's defense, grit, and teamwork.